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  Paul Manafort's defense rests without presenting evidence   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:47:54 -0400

Paul Manafort's defense rests without presenting evidenceThe trial of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is coming to a quieter than expected end.



  Most Top Democrats, Progressive Groups Reserve Judgment On Keith Ellison Allegations   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:50:49 -0400

Most Top Democrats, Progressive Groups Reserve Judgment On Keith Ellison AllegationsAll but a few prominent Democrats and progressive groups have stayed silent on



  Sixth First Responder Dies Fighting Northern California Wildfires   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:53:08 -0400

Sixth First Responder Dies Fighting Northern California WildfiresA sixth first responder has died battling this year's wildfires in California,



  Freed in Turkey before spy trial, Greek soldiers await flight home   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:53:14 -0400

Freed in Turkey before spy trial, Greek soldiers await flight homeTwo Greek soldiers facing espionage charges in Turkey are due to fly home early on Wednesday after a provincial court released them, in a ruling Athens said would help to improve strained ties between the two NATO allies. The soldiers crossed into Turkey in March, in what Greece said was an accident while they were following the trail of suspected illegal migrants. The same court ruled for their release on Tuesday after they said in a defense statement they had crossed the border by mistake, state news agency Anadolu said.



  Man Caught on Camera Spanking Hippo at California Zoo   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:01:10 -0400

Man Caught on Camera Spanking Hippo at California ZooPolice said the intruder could face charges of trespassing.



  The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Sedan Marks the Return of a Classic Benz Badge   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:37:00 -0400

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Sedan Marks the Return of a Classic Benz BadgeEchoes of the big Benz from days past.



  Connecticut primary - LIVE: Polls wind to a close as voters seek candidates for wide-open governor election   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:04:00 -0400

Connecticut primary - LIVE: Polls wind to a close as voters seek candidates for wide-open governor electionThe biggest race as Connecticut residents goes to the polls for Tuesday's primaries is for the governor's office. Republicans believe they have a good chance of winning it back after losing control in 2010. Control of the narrowly divided General Assembly is also in play, especially the state Senate, now equally split between Democrats and Republicans.



  The Big Reveal: Jason and Brittany Aldean Announce Gender Of Baby No. 2   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 05:37:29 -0400

The Big Reveal: Jason and Brittany Aldean Announce Gender Of Baby No. 2> A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on Aug 12, 2018 at 3:49pm PDT



  Photo of White Supremacist Rally in Washington DC Goes Viral on Reddit   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:27:00 -0400

Photo of White Supremacist Rally in Washington DC Goes Viral on Reddit"A lot of things are louder on the internet when you factor in trolls."



  3 missing men at the Manafort trial   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:20:20 -0400

3 missing men at the Manafort trialThe absence of three witnesses offers intriguing hints about potential ongoing investigations and additional prosecutions that could yet take place.



  Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide after Bodies Found in Submerged Car   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:47:52 -0400

Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide after Bodies Found in Submerged CarPolice in Arkansas say a man called police saying he was going to kill his girlfriend and himself before their vehicle was found submerged in the Mississippi River on Sunday.



  Catholic Church Covered Up Child Abuse By 301 Priests In Pennsylvania: Report   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:47:56 -0400

Catholic Church Covered Up Child Abuse By 301 Priests In Pennsylvania: ReportPennsylvania's attorney general released on Tuesday the long-awaited results



  Israeli defence minister says more Gaza violence inevitable   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:43:25 -0400

Israeli defence minister says more Gaza violence inevitableAnother round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, despite attempts to reach a long-term truce. Lieberman said in a video statement distributed by his office that "the question is not to know if the next confrontation (with Hamas) will take place, but when". Lieberman also appeared to suggest that all Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since protests and clashes along the border began on March 30 were linked to Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the enclave.



  It’s Official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is An Ostrich About Wildfires   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:04:38 -0400

It’s Official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is An Ostrich About WildfiresAt a conservative event in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Friday, Interior



  Deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:12:49 -0400

Deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, ItalyAt least 22 people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in torrential rains on Tuesday over buildings in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, and the deputy transport minister said the death toll would rise.



  Vermont nominates 1st US transgender nominee for governor   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:50:07 -0400

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender nominee for governorMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.



  John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:16:12 -0400

John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight" wants to make sure Americans aren't fooled



  Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:51:39 -0400

Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'Stephen Miller, the architect of some of Trump’s most controversial anti-immigration policies, has been assailed by critics who are quick to point out that Miller himself is a grandchild of refugees. Now Miller’s own uncle is joining the outcry.



  Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:10:51 -0400

Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 milesFor 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles. The orca's unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait off Victoria, British Columbia, chasing a school of salmon without her newborn. SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union "Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky," the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online. August 11, 2018 J35 update: "The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness." - Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6 — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) August 12, 2018 The CWR added that the baby's carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of the Salish Sea, meaning that researchers may not get a chance to examine it. On Jul. 24, Tahlequah's baby orca died shortly after birth, in what has been a common story for the southern resident killer whale population.  Over the last two decades, 75 percent of SRKW newborns failed to survive. The last successful birth was in 2015, when two calves were born. In the hours, then days after the death, Tahlequah was spotted trying to keep her baby's head above the water's surface, reluctant to leave the body behind. "That's not unprecedented, but it’s the longest one that I’ve personally witnessed," Ken Balcomb, CWR's founder and principal investigator, told The Washington Post. These orcas are facing a real threat of extinction, with no successful pregnancies in the last three years. At just 75 whales, the population is at its lowest in 30 years. The SRKW's decline is linked to the reduction in population of its primary food source, Chinook salmon. Canada's government announced in May it would cut the allowable catch of Chinook by up to 35 percent to help protect the orca. WATCH: This tiny robotic spider might one day perform surgeries inside your body



  Police Focus Search for Missing Student Mollie Tibbetts on 5 Areas in Iowa Town   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:09:11 -0400

Police Focus Search for Missing Student Mollie Tibbetts on 5 Areas in Iowa TownPolice also want information on anyone who has unexplained injuries



  Guidance Counselor Fears She'll Be Fired After School Learns She's Married To Her Wife   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:43:26 -0400

Guidance Counselor Fears She'll Be Fired After School Learns She's Married To Her WifeStudents at a Roman Catholic high school in Indiana have come to the defense



  Off-the-grid dream becomes nightmare in New Mexico compound   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:56:22 -0400

Off-the-grid dream becomes nightmare in New Mexico compoundRelatives and neighbors say things began to go downhill for Lucas Morton, 39, shortly after he arrived in this vast alpine valley about 40 miles (64 km) north of Taos in a white moving van last December. The families set up home on a 10-acre plot of land that was near to one owned by Morton, a carpenter, but which actually belonged to U.S. Army veteran Jason Badger. The vet filed a court complaint but the Morton and Wahhaj families stayed on the land.



  Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Detroit Tour Stop Was All About Aretha Franklin   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:26:50 -0400

Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Detroit Tour Stop Was All About Aretha FranklinAiling soul legend Aretha Franklin was in many people's thoughts at the



  Two US Ospreys make emergency landings in Japan: media   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:16:12 -0400

Two US Ospreys make emergency landings in Japan: mediaTwo US military Osprey aircraft made separate emergency landings at airports on Japanese islands on Tuesday, with no injuries or damage reported, local media said. The other Osprey made an emergency landing further south at the US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Friday afternoon, Kyodo said, quoting government sources. The Osprey, a hybrid helicopter-turboprop with a chequered safety record, has two engines positioned on fixed wingtips that allow it to land and take off vertically.



  Sports Illustrated model posts facial scars caused by terrifying fall   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:26:08 -0400

Sports Illustrated model posts facial scars caused by terrifying fallAustralian Model Robyn Lawley posted photos on Instagram from an accident where she had a seizure and fell down a flight of steps, resulting in a large scar on her face.



  What happened, what's next after airline worker stole plane   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:44:36 -0400

What happened, what's next after airline worker stole planeSEATTLE (AP) — U.S. investigators are working to find out how an airline employee stole an empty commercial airplane from the main airport serving Seattle and crashed into a small island after being chased by military jets.



  Trump attacks ‘wacky,’ ‘vicious,’ ‘not-smart’ former protégé Omarosa   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:00:18 -0400

Trump attacks ‘wacky,’ ‘vicious,’ ‘not-smart’ former protégé OmarosaPresident Trump said former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman was “vicious,” “not smart” and regularly missed meetings.



  Top GOP Congressman's Son Gives Money To Democrat Running For Father's Seat   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:27:07 -0400

Top GOP Congressman's Son Gives Money To Democrat Running For Father's SeatBobby Goodlatte, son of retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), has announced his



  Police Video Shows a Daring Mission to Save Dozens of Shelter Animals From Wildfires   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:16:25 -0400

Police Video Shows a Daring Mission to Save Dozens of Shelter Animals From WildfiresCalifornia cops saved 60 cats and dogs



  S. Korea bans recalled BMWs from streets pending safety inspections   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:25:35 -0400

S. Korea bans recalled BMWs from streets pending safety inspectionsBMW Korea last month started recalling 106,000 vehicles with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module, which it says caused the recent fires. An average 7,000 cars have been inspected every day but some 27,000 vehicles had not yet been checked by late Monday, the transport ministry said in a press statement, leaving some 20,000 cars to be hit when the measure takes effect midnight Tuesday. Once the ban comes into effect, drivers are forbidden from driving their vehicles unless they are taking them to be tested, the statement said, with a senior official telling Yonhap news agency drivers would be liable in the event of a fire.



  Car crash outside U.K. Parliament; terrorist suspect arrested   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:19:24 -0400

Car crash outside U.K. Parliament; terrorist suspect arrestedA car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of attacks in the British capital that used vehicles as weapons.



  Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane Maria   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 05:46:48 -0400

Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane MariaFor more than six months after the storms, Ingrid Morales settled down to



  Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke linger   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:42:33 -0400

Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke lingerThe reopening of Yosemite Valley, by far the most heavily touristed area of the park, came as firefighters continued to make slow, steady progress containing the last hot spots of the Ferguson Fire, which erupted July 13 at the edge of Yosemite. The blaze, one of the largest of dozens that have burned across California this summer, has charred nearly 97,000 acres around the park's northwestern corner, but fire crews have carved containment lines around 86 percent of its perimeter. The road into Yosemite Valley was reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25, along with two highways into the park.



  Iran unveils next generation missile: media   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:10:57 -0400

Iran unveils next generation missile: mediaIran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had "successfully passed its tests" and could strike targets on land and sea. "As promised to our dear people, we will not spare any effort to increase the missile capabilities of the country and we will certainly increase our missile power every day," Defence Minister Amir Hatami said, quoted by conservative news agency Tasnim.



  Friendly tone belied desperate acts of Seattle plane thief   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:33:16 -0400

Friendly tone belied desperate acts of Seattle plane thiefSEATTLE (AP) — He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss.



  Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson Boycott   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 05:10:58 -0400

Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson BoycottPresident Donald Trump expressed support toward Harley-Davidson motorcycle



  The Navy Wants Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles to Fight Russia or China   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:07:00 -0400

The Navy Wants Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles to Fight Russia or ChinaAs recently as 2016 the Navy’s warships were badly out-gunned by Russian and Chinese ships. In 2018, the U.S. fleet was on the cusp of reversing that dynamic.



  'Stand Your Ground' Shooter Charged After Fatal Altercation Over Parking Space   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:57:04 -0400

'Stand Your Ground' Shooter Charged After Fatal Altercation Over Parking SpaceA Florida man who invoked the state's controversial "stand your ground" law



  Illinois Man With Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by Firefighters   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:14:29 -0400

Illinois Man With Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by FirefightersThe bird got stuck in the mud, then its owner got stuck in the mud trying to rescue it.



  Porsche Boxster 986 Buying Guide   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:34:53 -0400

Porsche Boxster 986 Buying GuideMixing traditional Porsche driving fun and usability, this model is a temptingly affordable way into marque ownership. Read this before taking the plunge



  Search for survivors after Italian motorway collapse kills at least 26   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:26:19 -0400

Search for survivors after Italian motorway collapse kills at least 26While that remained the official death toll, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said from Genoa that the number would rise. A 50-metre (160-foot) high section of the bridge, including a tower that anchored several stays, crashed down with as many as 35 vehicles driving on it in torrential rain. More than 400 people were evacuated from buildings near or below the still-standing section of the bridge.



  Hundreds of 'sea potatoes' have washed up on a beach in Cornwall   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:09:19 -0400

Hundreds of 'sea potatoes' have washed up on a beach in CornwallYes, you read that correctly. Sea potatoes are a real thing, and they have washed up by the hundreds on Penzance beach in Cornwall, UK, over the last few days.  SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union According to the BBC, the beach at Wherrytown in Penzance was covered in small, mysterious orb-shaped creatures from the sea. A local resident, Rosie Hendricks, told the BBC she saw "odd-looking" creatures on the beach while out with her family. "I wasn't sure what they were," Hendricks said.  I saw the sea potatoes this morning on #Penzance beach, Poppy thought they were worth investigating pic.twitter.com/cZ2hWtPR02 — Toni Turner (@ToniTurnerBiz) August 11, 2018 So, what exactly is a "sea potato"? Mashable spoke to Martin Attrill — professor of marine ecology at University of Plymouth — to find out precisely what these so-called "potatoes" are and why they all chose to congregate on the south coast of England. Hundreds of Sea Potatoes washed up at Wherrytown in #Penzance https://t.co/3sdinA9MSR pic.twitter.com/IcmA0oT1T0 — Cornwall/Kernow (@CornwaII) August 11, 2018 "Sea Potatoes (a.k.a. Echinocardium cordatum) are burrowing sea urchins," Attrill told Mashable. "They are cousins of the spiny and spiky ones you see on rocks and also related to starfish." And according to Attrill, it's not out of the ordinary for large groups of sea creatures to wash ashore. "Wrecks of marine organisms are not uncommon – huge numbers of crabs and lobsters were washed up on the east coast last winter. But the exact cause is not completely certain. Often a cause can be unusual storms that impact at a time of year when they aren’t often expected," says Attrill.  Per the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, these little critters are also known as "heart urchins" because of their "distinctive shape."  "This medium-sized sea-urchin is densely covered in fine, beige spines, giving it a hairy appearance," reads a description on the trust's website. "The Sea Potato lives buried in up to 15cm of muddy and sandy sediments from the shore to 200 metres deep." Apparently they can be found on "sandy and muddy shores" on UK coasts.  Still a bit weirded out by the funny looking sea spuds? We asked professor Attrill to provide some fun facts about them. "If you look at their shell (called a test) you can see a five pointed star pattern that gives away their relationship with starfish!" says Attrill.  "Like all echinoderms (that just means “spiny skin”) they have odd tube feet – an internal hydraulic system where water power can move lots of little feet in and out. The sea potato uses these tube feet to feed off organic matter in the sediment," Attrill continues. That actually is fun. Not as funny as the name, though.  WATCH: Meet the aquatic WALL-E that could help clean our oceans



  Iraq PM defends stance on US sanctions against Iran   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:57:46 -0400

Iraq PM defends stance on US sanctions against IranIraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday defended his stance on US sanctions against Iran in the face of harsh criticism from Tehran and its allies in Baghdad. Abadi has cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said Sunday, after announcing last week that Iraq would reluctantly comply with renewed US sanctions against Tehran.



  Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa urges nation to move beyond elections   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:06:59 -0400

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa urges nation to move beyond electionsHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president has called on the troubled country to unite and "put the election period behind us and embrace the future" in his first public address since winning disputed elections.



  Trump Reacts To Firing Of Peter Strzok, FBI Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:20:39 -0400

Trump Reacts To Firing Of Peter Strzok, FBI Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump TextsFBI special agent Peter Strzok, who sent personal text messages critical of



  Just Who Is Andy Chan, the Leader of Hong Kong's Independence Movement?   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:04:37 -0400

Just Who Is Andy Chan, the Leader of Hong Kong's Independence Movement?The head of the Hong Kong National Party has infuriated Beijing with his calls for independence, but is curiously short on specifics



  70 Healthy Snacks That Are Way Better Than Anything in a Vending Machine   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:19:00 -0400

70 Healthy Snacks That Are Way Better Than Anything in a Vending Machine



  Pilot killed in small plane crash identified as Disney employee   Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:40:23 -0400

Pilot killed in small plane crash identified as Disney employeeA Disney Imagineer, who programmed theme park rides all around the world, was killed in a small plane crash.



  Baltimore police officer caught on camera punching civilian on sidewalk resigns   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:14:00 -0400

Baltimore police officer caught on camera punching civilian on sidewalk resignsA Baltimore police officer who was caught on camera brutally beating a civilian has resigned. The Baltimore Police Department confirmed on 12 August that the unidentified police officer had stepped down, one day after the disturbing video led to his suspension. Although the victim, identified as 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier, tries to block punches being thrown at him, he doesn't appear to fight back and soon falls to the ground.



  They’re Running?!? The Rock And Elizabeth Warren Share The Love On Twitter   Mon, 13 Aug 2018 04:04:56 -0400

They’re Running?!? The Rock And Elizabeth Warren Share The Love On TwitterWho would've guessed?